[ RadSafe ] Re: depleted uranium cherry & battle

Dlind49 at aol.com Dlind49 at aol.com
Thu Mar 30 17:31:57 CST 2006

In a message dated 3/30/06 2:28:58 PM Central Standard Time, 
stanford at stanforddosimetry.com writes:
I just found out that the Army JAG has formally established that the Army,
in accordance with Geneva Conventions and historic precedence, is not
responsible for battlefield cleanup in foreign lands. 
U.S. Army Regulation 700-48 mandates thorough environmental remediation with 
the maximium permissible dose rates specified in U.S. Army Technical Bulletin 
TB 9-1300-278 but DOD/DA/ NATO folks simply refuse to do so. Army regulation 
700-48 also mandates medical care as do numerous orders. JAG does not have 
authority to suspend compliance with Army Regulations.  As to Colonel Bob Cherry 
he was never involved and although by direct assignment as the Army's radiation 
safety officer he was responsible for ensuring medical care was provided to 
all casualties and environmental remediation was  completed he did not ensure 
these mandatory required actions were completed.

Obviously, despite numerous requests the RADSAF network participants simply 
refuse to endorse that already mandatory medical care for all DU casualties and 
already mandatory environmental remediation.

I also find it very interrsting that none of persons who are now nay sayers 
were ever involved in actual DU incident clean up, providing medical care, or 
the DU project when did I/ we the field research.  Bob Cherry and friends are 
still complying with the infamous March 1991 Los Alamos memorandum issued by 
LTC Ziehmn, USMC,  directing all DOD officials, officers, NCO's, enlisted, and 
civilians to ensure uranium munitions use while avoiding all liability for 
known adverse health and environmental effects.  


Depleted Uranium Situation Requires Action
By President Bush and Prime Minister Blair 
Dr. Doug Rokke, Ph.D.
former Director, U.S. Army Depleted Uranium project
January 6, 2006

While U.S. and British military personnel continue using illegal uranium 
munitions- America's and England's own "dirty bombs" U.S. Army, U.S. Department 
of Energy, and U.S. Department of Defense officials continue to deny that 
there are any adverse health and environmental effects as a consequence of the 
manufacture, testing, and/or use of uranium munitions  to avoid liability for 
the willful and illegal dispersal of a radioactive toxic material - depleted 
uranium. They arrogantly refuse to comply with their own regulations, orders, and 
directives that require United States Department of Defense officials to 
provide prompt and effective medical care "all" exposed individuals [Medical 
Management of Unusual Depleted Uranium Casualties, DOD, Pentagon, 10/14/93, Medical 
Management of Army personnel Exposed to Depleted Uranium (DU) Headquarters, 
U.S. Army Medical Command 29 April 2004), and section 2-5 of AR 70-48].  They 
also refuse to clean up dispersed radioactive Contamination as required by Army 
Regulation- AR 700-48: "Management of Equipment Contaminated With Depleted 
Uranium or Radioactive Commodities" (Headquarters, Department Of The Army, 
Washington, D.C., September 2002) and U.S. Army  Technical Bulletin- TB 9-1300-278: 
 "Guidelines For Safe Response To Handling, Storage, And Transportation 
Accidents Involving Army Tank Munitions Or Armor Which Contain Depleted Uranium" 
(Headquarters, Department Of The Army, Washington,  D.C., JULY 1996).
Specifically section 2-4 of United States Army Regulation-AR 700-48 dated 
September 16, 2002 requires that:
(1) "Military personnel "identify, segregate, isolate, secure, and  label all 
RCE" (radiologically contaminated equipment).
(2) "Procedures to minimize the spread of radioactivity will be implemented 
as soon as possible."
(3) "Radioactive material and waste will not be locally disposed of  through 
burial, submersion, incineration, destruction in place, or abandonment" and
(4) "All equipment, to include captured or combat RCE, will be surveyed, 
packaged, retrograded, decontaminated and released IAW Technical Bulletin 
9-1300-278, DA PAM 700-48" (Note: Maximum exposure limits are specified in Appendix F).
The previous and current use of uranium weapons, the release of radioactive 
components in destroyed U.S. and foreign military equipment, and releases of 
industrial, medical, research facility radioactive materials have resulted in 
unacceptable exposures. Therefore, decontamination must be completed as required 
by U.S. Army Regulation  700-48 and should include releases of all 
radioactive materials resulting from military operations.  The extent of adverse health 
and environmental effects of uranium weapons 
contamination is not limited to combat zones but includes facilities and 
sites where uranium weapons were manufactured or tested including Vieques; Puerto 
Rico; Colonie, New York; Concord, MA; Jefferson Proving Grounds, Indiana; and 
Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Therefore medical care must be provided by the 
United States Department of Defense officials to all individuals affected by the 
manufacturing, testing, and/or use of uranium munitions. Thorough 
environmental remediation also must be completed without further delay.  I am amazed that 
fourteen years after was asked to clean up the initial DU mess from Gulf War 1 
and over ten years since I finished the depleted uranium project that United 
States Department of Defense officials and others still attempt to justify 
uranium munitions use while ignoring mandatory requirements.  I am dismayed that 
Department of Defense and Department of Energy officials and representatives 
continue personal attacks aimed to silence or discredit those of us who are 
demanding that medical care be provided to all DU casualties and that 
environmental remediation is completed in compliance with U.S. Army Regulation 700-48.  
But beyond the ignored mandatory actions the willful dispersal of tons of solid 
radioactive and chemically toxic waste in the form of uranium munitions is 
illegal (http://www.traprockpeace.org/karen_parker_du_illegality.pdf) and just 
does not even pass the common sense test and according to the U.S. Department 
of Homeland Security, DHS, is a dirty bomb. DHS issued "dirty bomb" response 
guidelines, http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/aces/fr-cont.html
, on January 3, 2006 for incidents within the United States but ignore DOD 
use of uranium weapons and existing DOD regulations.  These guidelines 
specifically state that: "Characteristics of RDD and IND Incidents: A radiological 
incident is defined as an event or series of events, deliberate or accidental, 
leading to the release, or potential release, into the environment of radioactive 
material in sufficient quantity to warrant consideration of protective 
actions. Use of an RDD or IND is an act of terror that produces a radiological 
incident." Thus the use of uranium munitions is "an act or terror" as defined by 
DHS. Finally continued compliance with the infamous March 1991 Los Alamos 
Memorandum that was issued to ensure continued use of uranium munitions can not be 
In conclusion: the President of the United States- George W. Bush and 
The Prime Minister of Great Britain-Tony Blair must acknowledge and accept
responsibility for willful use of illegal uranium munitions- their own 
"dirty bombs"- resulting in adverse health and environmental effects.  
President Bush and Prime Minister Blair also should order:
1. medical care for all casualties,
2. thorough environmental remediation,
3. immediate cessation of retaliation against all of us who demand compliance 
with medical care and environmental remediation requirements,
4. and stop the already illegal the use (UN finding) of depleted uranium 

References- these references are copies the actual regulations and orders and 
other pertinent official documents:

and from past use of Agent Orange. 

US Vietnam vets meet children said to have been disabled by Agent  Orange

HUU NGHI VILLAGE, Vietnam, March 29, 2006 (AFP) - A generation after the  
Vietnam War, a US military veteran whose team once sprayed Agent Orange on 
country came face to face Wednesday with disabled children whose suffering is 
blamed on the defoliant. 

Ralph Steele, who as a helicopter door-gunner  took part in a mission 
spraying the herbicide, shared a laugh with Pham Van Duc,  12, who is 
disabled and one of 120 children at a rehabilitation centre.  

"One of my missions was spraying Agent Orange," Steele said during a  group 
visit to the Vietnam Friendship Village, 10 kilometres (six miles) west of  
Hanoi. "Since that day I've been asking for forgiveness." 

Steele now  works with children in his Santa Fe, New Mexico clinic and is an 
ordained  Buddhist monk. 

"The key at this place is joy," he said, after lifting a  laughing Duc onto 
his shoulders. "You look at these kids for two seconds and,  boom, they 
I see a lot going on in this place." 

Steele, 55, was  in Hanoi for a meeting on the health effects of dioxin, the 
lethal chemical in  Agent Orange, which he said turned south Vietnam's 
into "places were you  could land a plane." 

Dioxin has been linked to diseases and birth  defects including the physical 
and mental disabilities suffered by many children  at the centre, which 
and educates them and teaches skills such as  embroidery. 

"I can tell you that every kid in this room has dioxin in  his body," said 
Suel Jones, a Vietnam War-era Marine who now coordinates foreign  funding for 
the centre. 

Tests would cost 1,500 dollars per child, money  the village needs for its 
rehabilitation work, he said. "Why spend that money to  find out something we 
already know when we could use it for medical treatment  and education?"  

Copyright Political Gateway 2006©  
Copyright AFP or Agence  France-Presse

In summary-after miltary career that spans almost 40 years I learned that DOD 
will trash our own nation and foreign lands then simply refuse to clean up 
the environmental disaster while refusing to provide mandatory medical care to 
our own troops, coalition troops, so called enemy troops, and all civilians.

That is absolutely wrong. 

doug rokke

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